NEW for 2019!
With super-steep ascents and zig-zagging rocky trails, could the Grey Mare’s Trail Race be Britain's toughest 5km? But don't forget to also look up for the fantastic views of Loch Leven and the surrounding Munros.
Or maybe the Loch Eilde Mór Trail Race is for you? This 10km will take you through gorgeous woodland to more remote territory and the lovely Loch Eilde Mór via some steep climbing. You will eventually be rewarded by tremendous views on the returning descent to the buzz of the Event Village at Kinlochleven.
Feeling bold? Then go for the 18km Three Mealls Trail Race and enjoy the biggest hills, the widest views and the most memorable single-track running.
Stunning scenery? Check. ©Guillem Casanova
Club runner? You are warmly welcomed to compete, with full recognition given to club name in the entry lists and official race timing for all three Trail Races.
Is your club eligible to enter a team to compete for the Club Shield?
U18? You are eligible to enter two of the three new races. Find out more ↓
Winding trails through the woods at the start of the Grey Mare's Trail Race ©Guillem Casanova
The Trail Races use the same Start/Finish arena as the already established Salomon Skyline Scotland™ races, and the starting times are close too, allowing all participants to enjoy a similar level of atmosphere and event buzz!
This also means that friends and family attending to watch participants of the established skyrunning events could run the Trail Races while they wait!
Grey Mare's Trail Race - 5K
Saturday 21st September – 10:30 Start (just 30 minutes after the Ring of Steall Skyrace™ start - you will likely get back in time to cheer in the first finishers!)
Heading out from our grand start venue at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, and initially sharing the same first section with the famous Vertical Kilometer® (Mamores VK) race, you will feel like this is the beginning of something big, despite the seemingly modest 5km distance. There is something else about this route you see – a short but super-steep ascent on a memorable zig-zagging rocky trail in beautiful woodland. Once past the Mamore Lodge, the route levels out on a wide trail to give fantastic views west over Loch Leven and the surrounding Munros, before switching sharp left steeply down an exciting single-track section of the West Highland Way. All that remains is the final flat run-in through Kinlochleven, to the crowds at the finish. Britain’s toughest 5km trail race? We’ll let you decide.
Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race - 10K
Sunday 22nd September – 09:00 Start (2 hours after the Glen Coe Skyline® start - you will likely get back in time to cheer in the first finishers!)
It’s a sharp right after the start funnel for this race, because we are immediately heading into remote territory behind Kinlochleven, beside the River Leven and in gorgeous woodland. Known as the Ciaran Path, this route gradually ascends for 2.5km until a left fork is taken, and the path kicks up steeply, with the turns in the zig-zags giving tremendous views, until ‘the pipeline’ is reached. This iconic pipe carries water from the immense Blackwater Reservoir, and you follow it to its source (intake) at Loch Eilde Mór, before reaching the main wide track and turning left to begin the descent. Soon leaving the main track, the next path is quite literally a site to behold! You’ll need to watch your footing as the view might keep causing you to look up – straight across Loch Leven – a classic view and a stunning memory for this route. Once back near sea level, it’s a short dash through Kinlochleven to reach the buzz at the finish line.
Note: With this race you will be starting with the Three Mealls Trail Race runners, and there is a route split (at 2.5km) and a route convergence (at 5.5km), making these races even more stimulating!
Three Mealls Trail Race - 18K
Sunday 22nd September – 09:00 Start (2 hours after the Glen Coe Skyline® start... if you're quick, you will get back to see the first finishers!)
This race is the boldest of our new Trail Race series. If you want the biggest hills, widest views and the most memorable single-track running, then choose this one! Heading out alongside the River Leven, using the adored Ciaran Path, to eventually see the massive Blackwater Dam ahead, is one of the finest running experiences to be had. After the dam, the route soon kicks up on softer ground. But for a reason: you then access a terrific single-track path that winds behind the three Meall-named hills, and with views to cry for! Unusually, this route then converges to the 10km route, and faster 18km runners will meet the slower 10km runners and spur each other on - a nice touch we think. After crossing the pipe intake at Loch Eilde Mór, it’s firstly the main track then the stunning long descent path down into Kinlochleven, and the final streets to the awaiting finish line!
Note: With this race you will be starting with the 10km runners, and there is a route split (at 2.5km) and a route convergence (at 14km), making these races even more stimulating!
On the 10K & 18K trail races, expect terrain and trails not dissimilar to this shot from another Skyline Scotland race last year ©No Limits Photography
Entries to Skyline Scotland Trail Races are NOT vetted. They are sold on a first-come, first-served basis until each race is full. Simply complete the online entry form, and bingo - you have a place!
Interest in the event is exceptional and we anticipate the trail races selling out. Please enter early to avoid disappointment - first-come, first-served.
Grey Mare's Trail Race - 5km:
Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race - 10km:
Three Mealls Trail Race - 18km:
When you enter any of the trail races, you must agree to our Declaration.
Please ensure you are familiar with the Terms & Conditions of entry.
An Entry includes:
- Your involvement in the UK’s greatest weekend of mountain running!
- Finisher's medal presented to all competitors completing the race (within the course closure time)
- A fully marshalled, waymarked and signed race route
- Digital race timing for official results
- A well planned and professionally organised race by Ourea Events
- Emergency medical cover during the race
- Mountain safety team cover during the race
- Marshalling support and high-level manned checkpoints during the race
- Race commentary at Kinlochleven Event Village
- Skyline Scotland™ car sticker
- … and after party in The Ice Factor (Event Village)
Mandatory Clothing & Equipment
All competitors will be subject to random kit checks at the start and finish. Anyone without the mandatory clothing and equipment will be disqualified. All competitors must carry or wear the following:
- Fell/mountain trail running shoes
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Speed 2, Speedcross 5 series or other 'shoes for technical trails'.
(road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable - the trails can be appropriately rough and wet - this is West Scotland!)
- Waterproof top with hood
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jkt or the Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Jacket
- Waterproof trousers/pants
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab MF360 Pant or the Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Pant
- Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
We recommend: Salomon Active Beanie, Salomon Bonatti WP Mitten
- Survival bag (not a blanket) - for the Three Mealls Trail Race only
We recommend: Buying or reserving yours now
- Spare warm top suitable for the weather conditions (spare means unworn at the start)
We recommend: A technical midlayer (see men / women) / insulated garment
- Some food and drink to refuel with along the trail
- A ca. 5-litre pack in which to carry the above
We recommend: Salomon Ultra Set / Advanced Skin
- Water bottle and / or hydration system
We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir
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There will be a number of marshalled checkpoints on each of the routes.
Location & Accommodation
Please consult this page
Parking for competitors and spectators at the event is in designated parking areas only. The local community has been very supportive of the event but has asked that visitors to the event do not park on the residential streets in Kinlochleven as they are narrow and quickly become congested. Please respect our parking arrangements and follow the event parking signs as you enter Kinlochleven.
A short 2-minute walk from the Ice Factor Event Village is the Leven Centre (see location map). This is where mandatory registration and issue of competitors' race number will take place. Competitors should allow at least 1 hour to complete the registration process. Registration opens 90 minutes before the start of each race. Registration opening times:
- Grey Mare’s Trail Race – From 09:00 until 10:00
- Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – From 07:30 until 08:30
- Three Mealls Trail Race – From 07:30 until 08:30
Each of our Trail Races start from the Ice Factor Event Village. There will be a real buzz at this location with the added atmosphere of the big International Skyline Scotland races starting and finishing in the same location.
Start times are as follows:
(Competitors must ensure that they are in the start pen and ready to go 15 minutes before the start time)
- Grey Mare’s Trail Race – Saturday 21st September – Ready at 10:15 for a 10:30 Start
- Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – Sunday 22nd September – Ready at 08:45 for a 09:00 Start
- Three Mealls Trail Race – Sunday 22nd September – Ready at 08:45 for a 09:00 Start
The Loch Eilde Mòr and the Three Mealls trail races share the same start and an initial 2km of route. At this point the two races split and there will be a prominently signed and marshalled split point.
Family, friends and members of the public are welcome to support competitors at the Event Village, which will be a hive of activity!
Any competitors retiring from any of Trail Races must to return to the Kinlochleven Event Village by either reversing the race route, or continuing along it; whichever is fastest. Once arriving at the Event Village, it is essential that retiring competitors present themselves at the finish to check-out of the race timing and safety systems.
Any competitor requiring emergency assistance should alert a race marshal at the nearest Checkpoint along the race route. We expect fellow competitors to stop and assist another competitor in an emergency.
There will be a course sweeper following behind the last competitor in each Trail Race.
Course Closure Time
There is Course Closure Time for each Trail Race, and any competitor falling behind the average speed to complete the entire course within the Course Closure Time may be retired at any Checkpoint along the race route. The Course Closure Times are generous, and we specifically want these Trail Races to be inclusive and encourage novice and slower runners. The Course Closure Times are:
- Grey Mare’s Trail Race – 12:00
- Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – 12:00
- Three Mealls Trail Race – 13:00
There will be a Prize-giving ceremony for each of the Trail Races as follows:
- Grey Mare’s Trail Race – 12:00
- Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race – 12:30
- Three Mealls Trail Race – 12:30
Heard of a Club Cup? Well we're inviting clubs to enter teams to compete for a St. Andrews shield instead!
Just enter the races as you would normally. Then, nearer the time, we'll get in touch with all entries to invite you to declare your team. Easy!
- Each club can enter an unlimited amount of teams
- A team must include 3 unique runners (there is no maximum)
- Both sexes must be represented within each team
- Each of the three Skyline Scotland Trail Races (5K, 10K, and 18K) must be entered respectively by a unique member of each team with at least
- Team of 3 male competitors enter - invalid team entry
- Team of 2 female and 1 male competitors enter with the following configuration of race entries: female 1 enters the 10K, female 2 enters the 18K, male 1 enters the 5K - valid team and configuration
- Team of 2 female and 1 male competitors enter with the following configuration of race entries: female 1 enters both the 10K and 5K, male 1 enters the 5K, female 2 enters nothing - valid team but invalid configuration
- Team of 3 female and 4 males competitors enter - valid team entry
- Individual scores are applied to each individual result of those entered as part of club teams, i.e. as an exclusive subset of the race entries.
- Individual scores are applied as follows; 1st place = 1 point, 2nd place = 2 points… 50th place = 50 points.
- A final team score is comprised of three individual ‘counting’ scores; one score per Trail Race as derived from the best result of each team per race whereby the ’counting’ scores must be achieved from a mix of sexes (e.g. three female or three male scores are not valid)
- In the event of a tie, the winning team will be the team with the least aggregate time taken across the three individual results from which the ‘counting’ scores for the final team score were derived.
We want to encourage younger runners to participate at Skyline Scotland and the Trail Race s provide that opportunity. However, we need to balance U18 participation with the particularly arduous nature of these races (they are not Park Runs!) and therefore we have the following rules:
- Grey Mare’s Trail Race (5K)
- 14-17 welcome to race without adult supervision if a parent/guardian accompanies them to registration
- 12-13 welcome to race with their parent/guardian who must also accompany them to registration
- No U12s
- Loch Eilde Mòr Trail Race (10k)
- 16-17 welcome to race without adult supervision if a parent/guardian accompanies them to registration
- 14-15 welcome to race with their parent/guardian who must also accompany them to registration
- No U14s
- Three Mealls Trail Race (18k)
- No U18s
Check out the 1.5km fun trail for 6-17 year olds.
I declare that:
- I have read and understood the information on the website about the nature of the course, which features rough and remote mountain trail running;
- I can apply sound mountain judgement at all times even if it means compromising my overall race result;
- I can diligently concentrate and follow waymarking;
- I accept full responsibility for my own safety and any injury sustained during the event. These are not the responsibility of the event organiser, their agents or the landowners;
- I know my limitations and I am experienced enough to make a reasoned decision whether or not to start the event and/or to retire from the event rather than jeopardise my own or other people’s safety;
- I understand that there is a risk of serious injury or death whilst participating in mountain and trail running events such as this;